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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

DEVASTATING

DEFINITION:
Tending or threatening to lay to waste or overwhelm.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
The Secret Service on Thursday published a national school safety guide that urged districts to take major steps in the wake of continuing school shootings, like February’s devastating attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Fla.
The Dayton Daily News, 07/16/2018

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!


1. Vacillate

The distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

The quality or state of being tranquil; serenity.


2. Exult

A proportional part or share.

To rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.


3. Hypocrisy

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.


4. Symbiosis

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence.

An unstable, poisonous allotrope of oxygen.

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.


5. Solstice

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

An embankment built to prevent flooding


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